Former Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Mark Morgan, expressed concerns about the unsecured southern border and the potential for a terrorist attack in the United States.
He cited the recent attack in Israel as a wake-up call, highlighting the ongoing threat of global terrorism and the intelligence failures that occurred.
“The answer is absolutely, and this is what I keep saying,” Morgan said when asked if the U.S. could experience attacks similar to Israel. “You don’t have to be a border security expert to understand that we have a national security crisis happening in our southern border. It’s just common sense.”
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“What happened in Israel should be a wakeup call for two very important reasons. One, it shows us that global terrorism is alive and well. Islamic extremists that that carried out these atrocities in Israel. They want to do harm to our homeland. That commitment has not changed. It is unwavering. And addition to that, it showed a colossal intelligence failure.”
“We know that May of this year, the director of the FBI during congressional testimony said he’s concerned about the southwest border as a national security threat. He told the Congress [that] Hezbollah is absolutely still committed to long-term contingency planning to do harm to the United States.”
“DHS just a couple of days before the October attack in Israel released an internal report that said that they are concerned that terrorist organizations are going to exploit our southern border.”
Morgan emphasized that the Biden administration has not changed any border policies despite the risks.
“Just a couple of days ago, the CBP [in] San Diego put out a similar intelligence bulletin that they’re concerned that terrorists inspired by what’s happening in Israel right now are going to exploit our southern border to do harm to our United States. And yet this administration, Senator, they’re not even acknowledging that correlation and that risk to our southern border.”
He mentioned the high number of known “gotaways” and the apprehensions of individuals on the FBI’s terror watch list and special interest aliens.
“In the past 34 months, we’ve seen those individuals from 180 different countries…there’s only 195 recognized countries in the face of the planet. Yet every single day we have individuals coming to our border on the terror watch list as well as special interest aliens. And the issue is how many of those terror-watchlisted people and special interest aliens are among the 1.6 million known gotaways. This is exactly why we say border security is synonymous with national security.”
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Morgan called for increased border security, including a declaration of a national emergency, military deployment, reinstatement of the “Remain in Mexico” program, and changes in how the U.S. combats cartels.
“Our border’s already been breached. It’s been breached for the past three years. And so it’s not a matter if the threat is going to get here, Senator. I believe the threat is already here,” he said.
“How we’ve been doing it for the past 30 years of using a criminal prosecutorial method has failed,” he said of America’s pursuit of cartel members. “We need to go after them with the same level of commitment, tenacity, and government resources that we do terrorist organizations,” he pressed.
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